Paulina Francisco


Paulina Francisco is a versatile singer and interpreter of early modern music. She has performed with early music ensembles throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Washington Bach Consort, Chapelle du Québec, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Bach Akademie Charlotte, TENET Vocal Artists, and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Paulina was a finalist in the 2022 Aria Borealis Bodø Competition (Bodø, Norway), and the 2021 Handel Aria Competition (Madison, WI). During the 2023-2024 season, Paulina looks forward to an international tour of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with Les Arts Florissants as a Laureate of the 11th cycle of Le Jardin des Voix, singing the title role in the North American premiere of John Eccles’s Semele, and programming a recital of music 17th-century monody for the Chamber Series of the Washington Bach Consort.

Paulina is passionate about building stronger connections between research and performance. Her research interests encompass 17th-century monody and chamber music, early voice training, and the education and music-making of early modern women. Paulina’s Master’s thesis “The Virtuosi of Ferrara: The Concerto delle Donne 1580-1601,” including a modern edition of Luzzasco Luzzaschi’s Madrigali (1601), and her recently completed DM dissertation, “The 17th Century Trillo: Historical Practice for the 21st Century Singer,” are available on ProQuest.

Paulina holds advanced degrees in voice and historical performance from Indiana University, the University of Southern California, and Carroll University, and is currently based in Montréal, QC.